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Where Do YOU Draw the Line on Using “Safer” Plastic?

Where Do YOU Draw the Line on Using "Safer" Plastic?There's been a whole lotta talk around my social circles about plastic lately.  Some folks are taking the stance that there's really no such thing as “safer” plastic, so it should avoided at all costs.  How do you feel about that?  Where do you draw the line on using plastic in your home?

How About You? Tell Me True

I'm so curious to know where you land on all of this, so I'm taking a quick poll of where you are in your personal journey.

And give me the whole scoop! Do you dodge behind the vinyl floatie display when you glance up and see a greenie friend coming your way at the store? Oh yes, I'm guilty of that too 🙂

  • Do you still use plastic? If so, when, where and why?
  • Do you sometimes choose to use plastic even when there are other options? If so, how do you decide on those specific products? Be honest! (See my honest opinion below)
  • Which is the bigger motivation for reducing your plastic use? 1) Conserving resources and reducing waste, OR 2) Protecting your family from toxic chemicals?
  • What are your personal goals when it comes to using safer plastic in your home? Are you making small step-by-step changes, or are you super serious about removing all traces of plastic from your life?

I can't wait to learn more about your thoughts and opinions on this touchy subject!

My Take on “Safer” Plastic

Believe it or not, my sisters and I have actually been scolded by well-meaning folks for recommending any kind of plastic product at all (even if they're made without the big chemical offenders).

What bothers me about an all or nothing perspective is that it's just not realistic, especially if you have kids. So while I believe that reducing plastic use (and waste in general) is very important, I don't think it's necessary to start figuring out ways to stop using everyday products like computers, cell phones, strollers, dishwashers, food processors, Legos, humidifiers and breast pumps.

There are plastics on the market that have never required the use of problematic chemicals like BPA, BPS, phthalates, lead, or other stabilizers (learn more about them here). In my opinion, “safer” plastics are available, so I prefer to have the tools I need to locate healthier products successfully.

Here's where I draw the line on plastic use in my home:

  • I choose glass, stainless steel, wood and silicone when it's available AND when it also makes sense for my family's needs (Yes, I still buy vinyl (PVC) pool floaties because there's not a good alternative at this point in time. ICKY!).
  • choose plastic products carefully in an effort to avoid endocrine disrupting + cancer causing chemicals.
  • I don't buy single use plastic products (straws, bottled water, Ziploc baggies, plastic wrap, etc.).
  • I recycle everything that can be recycled.

In the end, I try hard to keep a balanced perspective. We all do better when we know better, right?

So how about you? Tell me true!

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3 Responses to Where Do YOU Draw the Line on Using “Safer” Plastic?

  1. Carissa Bonham August 7, 2015 at 12:27 pm #

    I’m with you – removing all plastic from our lives is not pragmatic. We have eliminated all food-touching plastic from our kitchen (cups, plates, bowls, utensils, etc) but even the glass containers we use for leftovers have plastic lids.

    My kids have a lot of wood toys. But they have some plastic ones, too. There just isn’t a good Lego alternative yet. Or bike helmet alternative. Or DVD alternative.

    We are mostly concerned about the toxic effects of chemicals in plastics and are secondarily concerned about wasteful consumption.

  2. Martha Knobler August 24, 2015 at 11:15 pm #

    Do you have any information about the vinyl liner used in Endless Pools? How toxic or safe is it?

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